Archive | February, 2016

Kiss and Tell: Top Ten Spring Lipsticks

22 Feb

The easiest and least expensive way to change your outfit and usher in the warm weather is to purchase a new lipstick. Here’s a top ten list for the season in a range of hues. The beauty experts at Neiman Marcus, Troy, provided the majority of the list, along with some help from Ruby’s Balm in West Bloomfield, Mich.

Pantone, the international color forecaster, selects Rose Quartz and Peach Echo as the trends for spring 2016. Rose Quartz, a sheer pink, reflects calmness and gentleness, while Peach Echo evokes warmth and playfulness.

Gillian Berger, owner of Ruby’s Balm in West Bloomfield echoes the subtle shades. “Nudes are the trend with soft lips and bold eyes.”

Also hot — red hot. “Say goodbye to the dark and come into the light and brights, says Lindsey Machachek Barile, PR manager at Neiman Marcus, Troy. “A major trend for spring is confident reds. This trend translates across all categories, from ready-to-wear, to accessories and, of course, beauty.”

The lipstick names are as fun and lively as the products. Here’s the top ten (brand and name):

  1. Marc Jacobs, Moody Margot

Marc Jacobs Beauty Collection offers sheer nudes in hues of pale pink and brown.Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick

  1. Laura Mercier, Coquette

This berry color brightens the face.

  1. MAC, Pink Pigeon

This vibrant hue resembles the color of a flamingo.MAC

  1. Sisley, Love

The black and white packaging rivals the bold color.

  1. Estee Lauder, Vengeful Red.

Estee Lauder makes a daring statement with Vengeful Red.estee lauder

  1. YSL, Rose Saint Germain

The perfect shade for Paris in springtime.

  1. Le Metier de Beaute, Amelie

Selena Gomez chose this for Sundance, perhaps because the matte finish moisturizes the lips.

  1. Guerlain, All About Pink

This luscious color is from the “Kiss Kiss” collection.

  1. Trish McEvoy, Perfect Plum

It’s not only perfect for lips, but it’s also a beauty booster for cheeks.trish

  1. Nars, La Dolce Vita

This is the classic lipstick on annual lists.

 

(This article originally appeared in the Detroit Jewish News.)

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A Flawless Beauty Marc

12 Feb

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme

New York designer Marc Jacobs is known for his Louis Vuitton confections as former head of the French fashion house, and his namesake labels in clothing and handbags. But his eponymous beauty collection, only a few years old, makes an indelible mark this spring. Neiman Marcus, the upscale department store, announced it will carry his collection.

“The timing could not be better because spring is about taking a playful approach to beauty — the perfect time to break away from your go to colors and daily routine,” writes Kelly St. John, vice president of beauty at Neiman Marcus, in her newsletter.

The Marc Jacobs Beauty collection features the traditional eye, lip and face makeup with an aura of drama. The shiny, black-lacquered packaging is glam, glossy and seductive. An elegant silver button snaps shut compacts and lipstick cases. Jacobs has transferred his couture designs to the eyes, and the eyes are a makeup homerun. The mascara is called Lash Couture with three new formulas: Velvet Noir for volume, Feather Noir for definition and Lame Noir for luster. But it’s the eyeliners, called Eye Crayons, that are a must buy. The Fineliner Ultra Skinny ($24) glides on and provides definition for a wide-eyed look. The Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25) in two dozen hues from MariGold to Orange Crush to Violet Femme makes a bold statement from morning until midnight.

In keeping with spring trends, Jacobs’ lipsticks run the gambit from nude shades to bold reds and fuchsias.Marc Jacobs Beauty collection is about creating your own style and having fun.“I love makeup, and I love that it transforms,” Jacobs says. “It lets you be who you want to be, lets you say what you want to say, and it gives you a voice, a vision, while having a good time.”

(This article originally appeared in the Feb. 11th issue of the Detroit Jewish News.)

I will post my next article “Kiss and Tell: Top Ten Lipsticks for Spring” next week.

 

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